Southeast Asia seeks ways to protect car industry

Several Southeast Asian countries are finding ways to protect their emerging car industries from imports, after eliminating auto duties by the end of last year. Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand have introduced measures either to hinder imports or benefit local production, while Malaysia is looking at possible curbs on foreign car sales. The new trend is […]

LOTTE Confectionery to acquire Myanmar’s L&M Mayson

Korea’s leading snack maker LOTTE Confectionery announced on Oct. 24 that it has decided to acquire L&M Mayson, a top bakery firm in Myanmar. The Korean company will buy 80 percent stake in L&M Mayson for 76.9 billion won (US$68.08 million). Established in 1996, L&M Mayson produces bread, cookies and pies at three of its […]

Trade war will drive Chinese investment in Asean to US$500 billion by 2035, think tank says

Chinese investment in Asean countries is set to more than triple to US$500 billion by 2035, with the US-China trade war likely to provide a catalyst for the spike, according to a regional think tank. The claim was made in a report published on Thursday by the Asean+3 Macroeconomic Research Office (AMRO), a regional macroeconomic […]

First flight from Italy to Myanmar arrives tomorrow

An air link between Italy and Myanmar will be established starting tomorrow. Milan-based Neos Spa, an Italian leisure airline, will begin flying the route with a chartered Boeing 767 every Wednesday. The flight will stop over in Phu Quoc, Vietnam before landing at Yangon International Airport. Neos will be the first airline to fly from […]

World Bank cuts Myanmar’s growth forecast to 6.2%

The World Bank has revised downwards its forecast for Myanmar’s economic growth by 0.5 percentage points to 6.2 percent in the fiscal year 2018-19. The World Bank East Asia and Pacific economic update released this month downgraded Myanmar’s GDP growth projections from the previous forecast, saying seasonal floods, rising cost, inflationary pressures and the Rakhine […]

ThaiBev restructures to power Asean beer push

THAI Beverage Plc (ThaiBev), Thailand’s biggest beverage producer, yesterday announced a major strategic reshuffle of executives under a revamped management structure that will back the company’s growth ambitions for its beer business in the Asean region. The restructuring was undertaken in the wake of the company’s acquisitions of breweries in Myanmar and Vietnam. Fraser and […]

New Yangon City CEO Urges Gov’t to Act Quickly to Secure Chinese Investment

The CEO of the New Yangon City project said he believed the controversial project on the western bank of the Yangon River will be “a success” if Myanmar is able to take advantage of trade tensions between the U.S. and China and lure more foreign investors. “I believe we will succeed; now is the right […]

IFC, UMFCCI work to improve food safety in Myanmar

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, signed an agreement with the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) to help food sector companies address and improve food safety practices. Another goal is to develop the country’s agribusiness sector to increase exports, draw investments, and generate jobs. According to IFC, […]

Illicit export of pigs from Thailand to Myanmar rampant

The swine industry is in a difficult time, given what is happening in the region and the impact those developments caused, an industry leader said. U Zaw Myo Tun, joint secretary from Myanmar Livestock Federation said that China decided to end imports from Vietnam, due to a territory dispute at sea, and Japan stopped the […]

Vietnam MyTel stuns rivals in Myanmar with half-price blitz

Mytel captures 4% market share in two months since debut YANGON — Myanmar’s mobile phone market has seen a rapid shift in market share with the arrival of newcomer Mytel, which has offered cutthroat discounts that have won the hearts of the nation’s users. Supported by its powerful Vietnamese parent Viettel Group, the new entry […]